US Transportation Department Calls For ‘Summit’ On Autonomous Cars

Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road safety advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. Reuters reports: Next month’s “summit” is to help “identify priority federal and non-federal activities that can accelerate the safe rollout” of autonomous vehicles, the department said. It will also be open to the public. The…

February 10, 2018
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UK-based Android smartphone maker Wileyfox, an early Cyanogen adopter, confirms it’s gone into administration; at least 20 employees laid off (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

February 10, 2018

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: UK-based Android smartphone maker Wileyfox, an early Cyanogen adopter, confirms it’s gone into administration; at least 20 employees laid off  —  It’s been more than a year since the well-funded startup Cyanogen announced that it would shut down its mobile OS development, and since pivoted to self-driving technology. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Hackers Manage To Run Linux On a Nintendo Switch

Romain Dillet reports via TechCrunch: Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch running Debian, a distribution of Linux. The group claims that Nintendo can’t fix the vulnerability with future firmware patches. According to fail0verflow, there’s a flaw in the boot ROM in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 system-on-a-chip. When your console starts, it reads and executes a piece of code stored in a read-only memory (hence the name ROM)….

February 10, 2018
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Sources: US officials tweeted from @NSAGov to prove to Russians that US government was indeed behind secret negotiations to buy stolen NSA documents (James Risen/The Intercept)

February 10, 2018

James Risen / The Intercept: Sources: US officials tweeted from @NSAGov to prove to Russians that US government was indeed behind secret negotiations to buy stolen NSA documents  —  The United States intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Budget Deal Has Tax Credit Extensions For Nuclear, Fuel Cells, Carbon Capture

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A two-year budget deal was approved by the House and the Senate this morning and signed by President Trump a few hours later. The budget (PDF) included a slew of tax credit extensions that will affect how the energy industry plans its next two years. Most notably, the deal extended a $0.018 per-kWh credit for nuclear power plants over 6,000MW —…

February 10, 2018
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APK teardown suggests Google may be preparing to launch an Android Messages web interface, enabling texting from the desktop (Cody Toombs/Android Police)

February 10, 2018

Cody Toombs / Android Police: APK teardown suggests Google may be preparing to launch an Android Messages web interface, enabling texting from the desktop  —  There’s a new version of Android Messages rolling out to our phones.  So far, we haven’t seen any significant changes to the UI, but huge things are happening under the surface. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Rejoice: Samsung’s Next Flagship Smartphone Looks To Keep the Headphone Jack Alive

Notorious smartphone leaker Evan Blass has leaked a couple press images of the Galaxy S9, giving us the first indication that it will still have a headphone jack. “The full information spill today is actually focused on a new Samsung DeX Pad, which appears to be an evolution of last year’s DeX dock for the Galaxy S8,” reports The Verge. From the report: Samsung, LG, and a couple of other…

February 10, 2018
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